*According to the Office of Juvenile Justice, girls of color are arguably the most at-risk student group in the United States. They experience disproportionately high rates of school suspensions. Black girls are suspended at higher rates (12%) than girls of any other race or ethnicity. American Indian/Alaska Native girls are also suspended at rates that exceed those of their counterparts.
Significant opportunity gaps exist in STEM education and careers for women, especially for women and girls of color. Although more women graduate from college and participate in graduate programs than men, women’s participation in science and engineering significantly differs by field of study, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2012, for example, underrepresented minority women received only 11.2% of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering, 8.2% of master’s degrees in science and engineering, and 4.1% of doctorate degrees in science and engineering.
B.E. Academy was founded to change the narrative, specifically about girls of color in education.